But of course, this is Arsenal. Ambitious? Maybe in the heads of some people within the club, but in reality we've simply taken that FORWARD motto and pissed all over it from a great height. Forward about what? Banking money, lying to fans? Definitely. Forward in a positive way on the pitch? Haha, do me a favour.
Anyway, we're now into the season and having lost our first league game and with the squad already struggling on the injury front, we have a mammoth 10 days left to put it right, and put it right... err... in the right way. Free transfers, has beens and almost-rans won't be acceptable and won't do much to stem the overflowing anger among Arsenal fans. Mister Wenger, today you said you have "some funds" available. Well you'd better spend all of that "some funds" because you have 10 days to put this right, especially as even your most loyal backers are walking away at some pace.
Be it Wenger, Dick Law, or Gazidis not being strict enough with his direct report, the transfer window has been a shambles. It was predictable despite Uncle Ivan's bullshit, sorry, spin... sorry, UBER positive promises, and it's become so dull, so quiet that even the famous tumbleweed is close to falling asleep.
Luckily the decent win against Fenerbahce has restored a bit of happiness among fans and boy was it needed. With a hefty three-goal cushion and away goals at that, let's hope after three points at Fulham we can coast the second leg and be well-rested for when that lot turn up the following. And of course it'd be even better IF we have some real top quality additions signed by then. I won't be holding my breath but I will keep my fingers crossed. If we can get to the game against the unwashed with 3 league points, a place in the Champions League group stages, and with some real quality signings, just imagine how great it would feel turning them over. Even better than it usually does.
Everyone will have by now seen Arsenal fan Chris Hudson's rant on Arsenal Fan TV, following the defeat against Villa. He followed that up with an interview with them after the Fenerbahce game, which for me is absolutely spot on...
"It did come from the heart, cos The Arsenal Football Club mean a lot to me, and they mean a lot to a lot of people. I just want the people at Arsenal, especially the Board, to wake up. Forget me, it's not about me; it's about all the little kids who follow The Arsenal, people who've been over here since the 30s, you've GOT to listen to the fans, and don't let them down. You MUST not let the supporters down"
So below, I'm going to use a rare war cry that was sometimes heard on the old North Bank at Highbury (the REAL North Bank, not the stand with seats) with hope in my heart that we can get our league campaign going tomorrow.
And if you're with us for BSM on the Thames, I'll see you in the morning for a few beers, a good old Arsenal sing-song and a cracking party with like-minded Gooners.
Up The Gunners